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Food is Medicine South Carolina (FiMSC)

A Committee of the South Carolina Food Policy Council

PURPOSE

The purpose of convening is to improve coordination among organizations working on healthy eating initiatives in health care settings in South Carolina.

 

WHO WE ARE

Members represent different sectors including, state government, nonprofit organizations, higher education, health systems, and health care providers in South Carolina. 

2023 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Continued to bring together partners and grow.

  • Convened 110 participants for our first in-person annual meeting on December1, 2023. Thank you to LiveWell Greenville for hosting us this year!

  • Conducted 1) a landscape assessment by engaging healthcare, food-based, and state-level organizations to understand where food is medicine interventions are taking place and what is needed to both scale and sustain FiM interventions state-wide; and 2) a statewide evaluation of produce prescription programs. This was made possible from funding from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation to support the goals of Diabetes Free SC.

  • Developed a flyer promoting 2 CME opportunities and emailed it to more than 21 health care organizations with an estimated reach of more than 5000 people.

  • Secured SNAP-Ed funding to cover the initial costs of the mapping project through Furman and Openfields. Additionally, Openfields secured funding through a John Hopkins grant to fund an insight tracker.

  • Worked with the South Carolina Food Policy Council’s Committee to Strengthen Nutrition Assistance Programs and general members to submit preliminary policy recommendations to the new state Food Security Council.

  • Members made presentations at the local, state, and national level as well as participated in learning opportunities through conferences and/or associations.

 

 OUR GOALS FOR 2024

  • Continue to convene and bring together new members who will enhance food is medicine efforts in the state.

  • Disseminate findings from Landscape Assessment and Shared Produce Prescription Evaluation.

  • Pursue opportunities to apply findings from the Landscape Assessment and create opportunities for training and technical assistance to scale and sustain food is medicine work statewide.

  • Explore ways to align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services new guidance on coverage pathways for services and supports to address health-related social needs HRSN services.

  • Complete the initial Food is Medicine South Carolina mapping project.

  • Continue to gather and share continuing education as well as scientific papers supporting food as medicine with a desire to develop a web-based tool to easily access food and nutrition educational resources.

  • Develop and post a one-page resource guide on the website and promote through professional organizations.

  • Attend statewide health care conferences to disseminate Food is Medicine South Carolina educational materials.

  • Develop a food is medicine continuing education presentation that is specific to the food practices and culture of South Carolina.

  • Deliver food is medicine evidence-based presentations for continuing education credits to at least two professional associations and health care networks across South Carolina.

  • Continue to convene the Produce Prescription Collaborative, recruit new members, and help scale and evaluate produce prescription programs across the state.

 

Interested in joining a Food is Medicine South Carolina meeting?

The full Committee meets quarterly at 12:00 pm on the dates below. Click on each date to register for the virtual meeting.

Our annual meeting will take place in-person in November 2024 (date and location will be announced later in 2024).

 SUBCOMMITTEES
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COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Each subcommittee has a leader or co-leaders, and has a recurring meeting time beginning in January.

To contact subcommittee leaders directly, click on their name to send a message.

Food Insecurity Screenings and Referrals

Meets every month on the third Monday from 12–1pm

Leader:s Zack King & Joey Current

Nutrition Education for Health Professionals

Meets every other month on the second Wednesday from 12-1pm

(Exception: May & September the subcommittee meets at 5pm)

Leaders: Dr. KC Head Dana Mitchel

Food is Medicine Map

Meets every month on the first Thursday from 3-4pm

Leaders: Autumn Reid &  Sabrina Smith

Produce Prescription 

Community of Practice

Meets every month on the third Friday from 12–1pm

Leader: Zack King

Interested in joining or learning more?

For more information about the Food is Medicine South Carolina Committee or how to join a meeting, please contact Amy Weaver.

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